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Three Lancaster residents receive nominations for theater awards

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By The Staff

Three local residents have received nominations for the fifth annual Metrolina Theatre Association Awards.

Debbie Jaillette, David Platts and Walt Adkins each received nominations for their work on The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County's production of "Children of Eden."

Jaillette and Platts served as musical directors for the production and were each nominated for Outstanding Musical Director/Conductor.

Adkins, who served on the technical crew, has been nominated for the Outstanding Lighting Design award.

In addition, two cast members and the production's director also received nominations, giving The Community Playhouse a total of six nominations.

Chris Sepulveda of Hickory, N.C., and Kristin Jann-Fischer of Charlotte were each nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor award for their portrayals of Noah and Yonah.

Director Vito Abate of Charlotte received a nomination for Outstanding Choreography.

This year's nominations have given the Playhouse a total of 18 nominations since it began participating in the awards process three years ago.

Carlen Portee-Lowery's portrayal of Tituba in the 2006 production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" was the community theater group's first win in the competition.

For its 2008-09 season, the Playhouse will be judged on its productions of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and "Gypsy."

The Metrolina Theatre Association is a regional theater organization represented by more than 50 organizations, hundreds of area theatrical artists, directors and producers in the Charlotte area.

Each year, MTA organizes more than 50 peer nominators and reviewers for six categories including: college/university, comedy, drama, musical, regional (of which CPLC is a part) and special events.

Between August 2007 and August 2008, the MTA nominators saw more than 100 shows, nominated and then voted on the best theatrical talent seen on local and regional stages.

Organizations and producing entities must be members of MTA for their work to be judged during the nominations process for the Metrolina Theatre Awards. Nominators must also be members, either as individuals or through an affiliation with a member organization.

The fifth annual MTA Awards will kick off with red carpet arrivals and a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

The gala ceremony, featuring musical numbers from nominated shows, begins at 7 p.m. at the McGlohon Theatre in Spirit Square in Charlotte.

For details about MTA and a complete list of nominees, go to www.metrolinatheatre.org.

For details on the Community Playhouse, go to www.lancasterplayhouse.com.